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2012 football opponents announced

January 4, 2012

…which also means that the MAC has finally announced how they plan to rebalance the divisions with the addition of UMass.

The non-conference schedule, which we’ve known for a while, will see the Eagles host Army and Illinois State (FCS) and travel to Purdue and Michigan State.

As almost everyone expected, the MAC will balance the divisions by moving Bowling Green to the West Division, where the Falcons previously competed from 2002 through 2004. That makes the most sense geographically, and puts Bowling Green in the same division with their rivals, Toledo.

For EMU’s schedule, we’ve known for some time that the Eagles will host Toledo, Northern Illinois, and Central Michigan, while travelling to Western Michigan and Ball State. Bowling Green will be added in to that rotation as an away game, giving EMU a balanced divisional schedule of three home and three road games. For the two cross-divisional games, the Eagles will host Kent State, and travel to Temple.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    January 4, 2012 8:53 pm

    Dear cmadler,
    I like Bowling Green being added to the West, but technically isn’t Miami further west than Bowling Green? Just throwing some fuel on the fire of truly East and West Divisions.
    I like Bowling Green because it would not be a bad road trip (distance wise), and would help in future games for both fan bases.

    • January 4, 2012 10:01 pm

      Yeah, I think Miami is west of both Bowling Green and Toledo. When I wrote that Bowling Green makes geographic sense, I was thinking more of proximity to the rest of the schools than of a strict east-west split.

  2. January 5, 2012 11:39 am

    I’m looking forward to next season.

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